Cooking Cinco de Mayo lunch for Mission High

Each year, Mission High School sets a challenge for the student body to inspire students to do well on state testing.  Last year the challenge was simple: if the student’s scores went up, the school would find a famous chef to cook a meal for them.  The scores went up by 70 points, the highest gain of any of the comprehensive high schools in SFUSD; now it was time for the school to make good on their challenge!

Delfina chef Matt Gandin readies their chopped salads

Mission High Principal Eric Gutherz approached us with the goal of serving a meal to all 1,000 of his students,  and we thought it was a great opportunity to band together with other restaurants surrounding Mission High and make it a team effort.  We approached The Slanted Door (did you know that head chef Charles Phan is a Mission High grad?), Delfina and Frances, who all offered to join us in feeding the school. We decided on Cinco de Mayo as a festive day for the party, and that we’d serve lunch to the students on long tables that stretched all the way across the Mission High football field.  Pica-Pica came on board to make plantain chips for the tables, and both Mission Pie and Anthony’s Cookies donated 500 cookies for dessert.

Get a load of the menu:

Bi-Rite: BBQ Brisket Sandwich with Cole Slaw, Potato Salad

Delfina: Lumachine with Sunday Supper Sauce; Chopped Salad

Frances: Lamb Confit Sandwich on Brioche Bun; Asparagus and Potato Salad with Crisp Shallots

The Slanted Door: Chicken Curry with Rice Noodles

Whole lotta chicken curry from The Slanted Door

What a scene it was, 1,000 students plus teachers, chefs, 30 volunteers from Charles Schwab, SF politicians (Bevan Dufty and Supervisor Scott Wiener came out for the affair!) sharing a meal together.   A live band and dj supplied the tunes, and Principal Eric was so thrilled that he jammed on the guitar for the rest of the school once lunch was over!

Congrats to the students of Mission High, and to their hardworking teachers.

Principal Eric rocking out for students

One Response to “Cooking Cinco de Mayo lunch for Mission High”

  1. laura rotbert says:

    This is fantastic! Congratulations to the Mission High community. Years ago I taught summer school in your beautiful and historic building. It’s a pleasure to read about the accomplishments of the current student body. EVery time that I pass by Mission while shopping at Bi-Rite or eating at Delfina, I admire the beautiful school and know that many good things are happening inside. The landscaping outside is so nice and I also complement MHS for the many accomplishments in sports. It’s all great! Keep up the good work.
    I hope you still have all the photos of graduates from many years ago in the lobby. I know a few of them!

    Best regards from an Everett alum!